Lovers of classic television commercials and vintage Jordan shoes will fondly remember some of the ads that aired back in the late 1980s and 90s asking the all-important question “Is it the shoes?” Folks in Missouri looking to break a particular Guinness world record would answer that question with a hearty “yes!” in regards to an upcoming endeavor.
Shoeman Water Projects, with the help of StorageMart, a self storage company with well over 100 self storage facilities nationwide. Seven exist in the Columbia, Missouri, area and are assisting to break the world record for longest continuous shoe train.
Organizers at the Shoeman Water Projects are aiming to collect 30,000 pairs of shoes and then will line them all heel to toe creating a train of 60,000 shoes. The current world record is held by a church in Houston, Texas, of 20,100 shoes.
“We’re on target to break our goal of 30,000 pairs of shoes,” coordinator Karl Johnson of Shoeman Water Projects said. “That is 60,000 shoes!” Johnson emphasized.
The deed itself will take place at Mizzou’s Stankowski Field on Saturday, May 7, 2011.
“To see that many shoes, end to end taking over Stankowski Field will be amazing, and a testimony to the caring, generous people of this area,” Johnson said. “All are welcome to see it and be a part of the record-breaking celebration by donating shoes,” he added.
In the days leading up to the event people looking to be a part of history and get involved can donate a pair of shoes at any of the seven StorageMart facilities in the Columbia, Missouri, area. Hours will vary by location, but will generally be from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM and from 9:30 AM till 2:00 PM on Saturdays.
StorageMart will also be providing storage for the shoes until they are needed for their record breaking event.
The shoes are not just going to be used to break the world record and set the bar incredibly high in the process, but to help people. Shoeman Water Projects will take the collected shoes and ship them overseas to places that do not have affordable shoes. The proceeds from the sales are then used to buy equipment to drill for water as well as purify it.
“This is a wonderful undertaking by the people of Columbia, and on behalf of everyone in impoverished lands who will benefit from their shoe drive; I deeply thank the volunteers for their work and enthusiasm!”
“Shoeman Water Projects To Set World Record at Stankowski Field.” PRWeb; 26 April 2011.
“Stankowski Field Set for Guinness World Record Victory!” Shoeman Water Projects; 13 April 2011.